My name is Sally Cheeseman and this is my third year working at Lincoln as a school social worker. I received my Master's degree from Loyola University Chicago with my school social work endorsement and am a licensed social worker. I am currently working towards becoming a licensed clinical social worker.
On this page you will find out what a school social worker does, and outside community resources.
Some ways to contact me are by:
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to myself or our other social worker: Jeff McManus. Jeff can be contacted at 708-783-4655 or firstname.lastname@example.org
What do School Social Workers Do?
School social workers help STUDENTS:
- Achieve maximum benefit from their educational opportunities
- Understand themselves and others
- Cope with stress
- Develop decision making skills
School social workers help PARENTS:
- Participate effectively in their children’s education
- Understand and meet their children’s social and emotional needs
- Understand programs available to students with special needs
- Utilize school and community resources effectively
School social workers help SCHOOLS:
- Understand factors (cultural, societal, economic, familial, health, etc.) that affect students
- Abilities to make maximum use of their school experience
- Utilize their resources in meeting the educational, social, and emotional needs of students
- Promote a safe school environment
School Social Workers help COMMUNITIES:
- Understand school policies, programs, and practice
- Minimize those environmental factors which inhibit learning
- Develop resources to adequately meet the needs of students and families
What About Confidentiality?
When information is revealed to the School Social Worker the information remains confidential. School social workers are not bound to keep information confidential when clients discuss intent to harm themselves or someone else in addition to any information pertaining to any type of abuse.
All 50 states have statutes mandating that professionals identify and report suspected child abuse and neglect. School Social Workers are mandated reporters. This means that any time there is information given to the Social Worker pertaining to any type of abuse or neglect; it must be reported to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. This is for the well-being of the children and families we service.